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Drone Strikes Downtown St. Louis Building

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DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter (Photo via Amazon.com)

DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter (Photo via Amazon.com)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Did you lose a drone?

Local and federal authorities are looking for the owner of a small drone that crashed into downtown’s tallest skyscraper.

The DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter equipped with an HD camera slammed into the Metropolitan Square building on Monday. It was found on a 30th floor balcony by a security guard. Police said the device appeared to be damaged from a collision with the building.

It’s an easily acquired aircraft, retailing for $1,200 but available online for as little as $500.

Police and the Federal Aviation Administration now want to know who it belongs to and why it was being flown downtown. No details were released about whether the camera was recording and if authorities were able to access the video. The intent of the operator is also not known.

There are very few laws regarding drone use. While Illinois has some restrictions on their use by law enforcement, Missouri has no drone-specific laws, although the University of Missouri School of Journalism abandoned its “drone journalism” field program after an F.A.A. warning.

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